In 2017 Jamal made his debut at the BBC Proms, won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected for representation by YCAT. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill records to critical acclaim.
Future engagements include appearances as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and performances of two concertos at the George Enescu Festival at the Atheneum in 2018 broadcast live on Medici television. He premieres a new work by Karl Jenkins and records with Classic FM and Warner Classics.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1993, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he embarks on his Master’s this autumn.
Jamal has performed widely in Europe and further afield, highlights including Wigmore Hall, the Menuhin, Kronberg and Enescu Festivals, Royal Festival Hall, the Atheneum (Bucharest), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), the Arts Parliament House (Singapore) and the Presidential Concert Hall (Turkey). In 2015 he was one of the first BBC Introducing Classical Artists selected, regularly appearing on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
As a soloist he has appeared with the Bilkent Symphony and Presidential Symphony Orchestras of Turkey, Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Eskisehir Symphony, Orpheus Sinfonia, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, the Guildford and Croydon Symphony Orchestras, among many others.
During his studies Jamal has won numerous awards including the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize (2017) and 1st Prize at the Eastbourne (2016), Croydon (2015), Bromsgrove (2015), Muriel Taylor (2014) and V. Antonio Janigro International Competitions (2004). In 2016 he won the Kronberg Academy Award at the Enescu Competition in Romania and received an honourable mention at the Pablo Casals Competition in France.
Jamal plays on a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on generous loan from a private individual. He is grateful for support from the Neville Wathen Scholarship, Amaryllis Fleming Award, Hattori Foundation, Stephen Bell Trust, Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, Kathleen Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Arts Club, Sir Karl Jenkins, Martin Trust, Talent Unlimited and the Bowerman Family.
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